Reuters has reported that overhead street lights are being retrofitted with multi-sensor capabilities. One such platform being used is known as Netsense by Sensity. The Sensity site describes the platform thusly:
NetSense integrates LED lighting, sensors, high-speed networking, cloud computing, and big data analytics into a single, MultiService Platform (MSP). With NetSense you get distributed intelligence: In our advanced distributed computing architecture, each LED light fixture is equipped with sensors and a fully functioning processor able to run software instructions. When networked together in a NetSense network, these fixtures collectively gather and process data about the surrounding environment, enabling analytics that transform the raw data into actionable information.
Reuters reports that this system will form a multi-dimensional net gathering data from sensors for moisture, ambient light, seismic activity, radiation, wind, temperature, air quality, audio, MAC address tracking to detect cellphones, and yes, audio and high-def video.
(Next we expect to learn that they’re really reading our minds with laser beams…)
Via the ACLU.